The Pajama Pundit posted yesterday about Blogroll Amnesty Day, something I didn?t know existed until then. He plugged several blogs, including your?s truly. In order to pass the love around, here are all of the other Blogs that he plugged as well.
The Absurd Report
The Rude Pundit
C. Alyson Love
Brown Man Thinking Hard
d r i f t g l a s s
Shots On The House
Simply Left Behind
The American Boy
Viva Chuck Todd/Viva Rachel Maddow
Annette’s little piece of the world
Hip Young Thing
Susan Katz Keating
The Communist Dance Party
The Median Sib
Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell and his family were at his Lamoni farm when an attacker entered the home and held Boswell’s daughter at gun point and demanded money. The congressman fought with the intruder which gave his grandson time to get a get and load a shotgun which scarred off the attacker. Authorities are investigating and the motive at the moment seems to have been mainly robbery.
Des Moines, Ia. – Please find a statement below from Congressman Leonard Boswell’s Chief of Staff, Grant Woodard, concerning an incident at the Congressman’s farm on the night of July 16th.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday there was an attempted home invasion at Congressman Leonard Boswell’s farm outside of Lamoni, Iowa. At the house at the time was Congressman Boswell, Dody Boswell, his daughter Cindy Brown, and grandson Mitchell Brown. The intruder entered the front door of the farm house and physically assaulted Cindy while demanding money at gunpoint. Hearing Cindy’s screams, Congressman Boswell entered the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder of his weapon. While the scuffle between Congressman Boswell and the intruder was occurring, Mitchell was able to secure a shotgun from another room. Mitchell pointed the shotgun at the intruder who then retreated into the fields around the house.
Besides some scrapes and bruises, Congressman Boswell and his family are fine.
The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the incident along with state and federal authorities.
Congressman Boswell would like to express his sincere thanks to all the members of the law enforcement community who have worked through the night on this matter.
Just recently Iowa House Republicans made good on their promise to codify discrimination against LGBT Iowans into our state constitution when they passed HJR6. Unfortunately the assault on LGBT Iowans continues, this time with House Study Bill 50.
House Study Bill 50 would make it legal for people to engage in a broad array of discrimination based on their religious beliefs. From the Des Moines Register.
It would be legal for an Iowa business owner who cites religious beliefs to refuse to provide jobs, housing, goods or services to people involved in a marriage that violates his or her religious convictions,
This could of course have far more effect than they intend. It means that business could not only discriminate against married same sex couples, but against any married couple who does not fit within their religious worldview. For some that would include interracial couples or even couples who have been divorced and remarried, just to name a couple.
Rep. Richard Anderson (R-Clarinda) sponsored the bill and claims that his intent is to protect religious liberty.
I think what we’re trying to do is balance constitutional amendments. There is the 14th Amendment that we’ve heard a lot about. There’s also the First Amendment.
Rep. Anderson appears to think that the two amendments to the US Constitution interfere with each other.
When you look at these truly hateful actions of State Republicans in conjunctions with the sinisterly named group The Family Leader lead by leading state homophobe and hater Bob Vander Platts who seems hell bent on re-establishing America as a Christian Theocracy, and who continually regurgitates and spews the hateful lies of groups like Narth and the Family Research Council, you just wonder how far they will go.
Iowa House Republicans wasted almost no time at all in submitting a bill to the house that would overturn the Varnum decision by the Iowa Supreme Court and allow a vote on adding discrimination to our state constitution for the first time in our history. Republicans, spurned on by the nastiness of Groups like the Iowa Family Policy Center and outside anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage, are hell bent making sure that Gay and Lesbian Iowans are treated as second class citizens and striping away our right to marriage.
The proposed bill would not only remove our civil right to marriage it would also expand the ban any other form of legal recognition of same sex couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions.
56 of the 60 Republicans in the state house have signed on as co-sponsors of this discrimination. Republicans have enough votes to pass this in the House, but Democrats have vowed to defeat it in the Senate. If this bill passes both the House and the Senate, it will have to do so again in the next state legislature and would be put in the ballot in 2013. If it fails, their next opportunity will not be until 2016. Hopefully by then the US Supreme Court will have ruled all such bans unconstitutional.
ACLU spokesman Ben Stone responded…
The ACLU now recognizes the explicit anti-gay agenda behind the so-called marriage amendment movement by going beyond marriage to civil unions,” Stone said. “This is quite clearly and quite simply an anti-gay measure. The ACLU Of Iowa and its allies will fight it
If this law passes and is approved by voters in 2013, the ACLU needs to immediately challenge it just like Prop 8 has been challenged in California.
Earlier Today I mentioned that the state Republicans are quickly trying to put pressure on state Senate Democrats in order to get them to cave in and allow people to actually vote on whether or not gays and lesbians will be allowed to get married and live happy lives just like everyone else and unfortunately it looks like its starting to work.
Democratic Senate President Jack Kibbie has stated that he would like to Iowans the opportunity to vote on stripping away marriage rights from gays and lesbians.
An amendment writing this sort of discrimination into our state constitution certain proves that Republicans are not telling the truth when they tell voters that they are in favor of limited government.